Keishi Pearl Bouquet and Vine Hoops
Despite the crazy distractions of life the past few months, I've been finding studio hours when and where ever possible, but it's only when I finally make some time for photography, together with the detachment that offers, that I can see some patterns and directions in the work.
I'm seeing some ideas evolve and tonight I made some little groupings/collages to see how a few specific forms have changed with time. I rarely stick with a singular idea and just run through permutations. Instead, I normally juggle a collection of ideas, and one sort of feeds another. Very handy if I hit a block in one structure, because then I've got something else ready to work on until I can come back with new solutions.
I'm not sure if I'm explaining this very well, but at any rate, the structure above, evolved from the beauty of the center drilled keishi pearl used as a kind of flower, and these pieces span at least 3 or 4 months of evolution. I love the tiny, organic details and it's been fun to experiment with different combinations of materials and colors.
These are surprisingly easy to wear, although they are somewhat heavier than a plain hoop. I've been wrapping and carefully binding stones and beads to hoops for a long time now, and I wonder if this more free spirited, organic approach is a reaction to that tight precision? What I do know is these literally grow right out of my gardener background and study of plants and vines.
I've got a few posts worth of other new structures and ideas that I've be concurrently exploring with some depth, so will be putting these up over the next week or so!! I've got a really broad collection of earrings in my studio on Etsy these days, so if you're thinking new earrings might be just the thing for Spring? Do take a look!
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